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3 up, 3 down: No. 13 Florida State baseball beats Mercer in Friday’s opener

Seminoles move to 8-0.

Duke at Florida State
The Seminoles host the Blue Devils
Steve Johnson

The Seminoles beat the Bears 9-5 Friday evening bringing Mike Martin within 5 wins of 2,000. Florida State will take on Mercer today for Game 2 of the three-game series at 2:00 p.m.

3 Up

  • Freshman Robby Martin continues to be a force offensively. His three RBI brings his season total to 20. He currently leads the ACC in that category and is tied for fourth nationally. He has at least one hit in all eight games this season and leads the team with a .545 batting average.
  • The Seminoles had no errors, once again, in Friday’s victory. Through eight games, Florida State has done incredibly well on the defensive end, committing just two errors. FSU headed into Friday’s contest with the 11th-best fielding percentage in the country at .991 and another sterling performance could bump them into top-10.
  • The bottom of Florida State’s lineup proved to be just as important as the top contributing greatly to the Seminoles’ success. Cooper Swanson’s pinch-hit home run in the eighth inning was FSU’s 14th of the season. Ten Seminoles have at least one HR on the year.

3 Down

  • Starting pitcher Drew Parrish had a rocky start allowing four hits, three runs, and two walks in the first three innings. He finished off strong, however, ending with eight strikeouts.
  • Mike Salvatore struggled in the leadoff spot tonight going 1-5—his lone “hit” could’ve easily been ruled an error. And too often he’s too impatient, including in the 3rd inning when the ’Noles had the bases-loaded, and the Bears on the hook. Mercer had just gone to the bullpen, but the Sr. second baseman swung at the first offering from RP Scott Smith and flied out to right field. For the evening, Salvatore stranded 4 Seminoles.
  • Florida State scored 4 runs in to 8th to stretch its lead to 6, allowing Mike Martin to go deeper into his bullpen. Fr. RHP Jack Anderson got the nod and started out decently enough with two strikeouts after a leadoff single. However, he couldn’t finish off the frame before Mercer scored 2 runs on back-to-back 2-out doubles to right. It should be a good learning experience for the youngster, though.